In this article we will discuss “is stainless steel cookware safe?” Stainless steel pots and pans are a great option for cooking and are safer than many other cookware materials. They key is to use high quality stainless steel and to ensure you care for them properly.
Is stainless steel cookware safe?
For the most part the answer is yes. Just be aware that stainless steel cookware does release low levels of nickel and chromium, especially if you are cooking acidic foods like tomatoes. For most people the release of these low levels of nickel and chromium should not be a concern, but for those who have a nickel or chromium sensitivity or allergy this would be problematic.
As well, any damaged stainless steel pots and pans should be discarded to decrease your heavy metal exposure. Damaged stainless steel pots and pans will release higher levels of nickel and chromium, which you want to avoid. Additionally, the amount of heavy metal leaching will depend on the stainless steel grade, cooking time, cookware use, and cookware care, so I recommend using high-quality, surgical-grade stainless steel cookware, and it’s even better if it’s nickel-free. Stainless steel lined copper cookware is also safe because the copper surface doesn’t come into contact with the food. It’s also important to care for your stainless steel cookware properly to prevent it from becoming damaged.
How to care for stainless steel cookware
To help prevent your stainless steel cookware from becoming damaged it’s important to care for it properly. When using cooking utensils, choose those made from materials that won’t scratch the surface such as silicone or wood (avoid plastic utensils as they will release hormone disruptors into your food). You should also be sure to clean your stainless steel cookware gently, being careful not to damage the surface of your pots and pans or compromise the integrity of your cookware. If you take these steps your stainless steel cookware should last for a very long time.
Frequently asked questions:
Is stainless steel cookware safer than non-stick? For the most part yes. Of course that will depend on the type of non-stick cookware and the type of stainless steel cookware being compared. In general, the coatings used to make non-stick cookware are not good for our health. The chemicals used to make Teflon and other similar coatings have be found to cause many different health problems including thyroid disease, colon cancer, inflammatory bowl disease, birth defects and more. Even most ceramic non-stick coatings have questionable health effects due to the nano-particles used to make them. If you are interested in learning more about this I highly recommend reading this article, The Best Non-Toxic Cookware.
What is the safest cookware for your health? As I discuss in my article, How To Choose Safe Cookware there are a few different options that are safe for your health including:
- Cast iron and carbon steel
- Pure ceramic (Xtrema is the only brand I know of that is pure ceramic)
- High quality stainless steel
Here is a list of safe cookware options:
- All-Clad Copper Core (with no aluminum)
- Chantal Induction Cookware (copper core, not aluminum)
- Cuisinart Multiclad Pro
- Hammer Stahl 3i6Ti (has titanium instead of nickel)
- Lagostina Stainless Steel
- Le Creuset
- Viking Professional
**Remember to avoid any stainless steel with non-stick surfaces or with ceramic enamel coatings.
Stainless Steel Lined Copper:
- FINEX Cast Iron Skillet with Lid
- King Kooker Cast Iron Skillet
- Lodge Cast Iron Cookware
- Simple Chef Cast Iron Set
- De Buyer Carbon Steel Pan
- ICON Carbon Steel Cookware Set
- Joyce Chen Carbon Steel Wok
- Lodge Carbon Steel Skillet
- Paderno World Cuisine Black Steel Pan
I hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions please let me know!
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- How to choose a non-toxic sunscreen
- How to choose non-toxic deodorant
- The safest cookware review
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